It’s Your SLA

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It’s Your SLA

  1. 1. It’s Your SLA Jill Hurst-WahlMember, SLA Board of Directors 1
  2. 2. What 3-5 areas ortopics related to yourwork (or professionalexperience) could youteach others about? 2
  3. 3. My Goal… To make SLA more compelling to you.If it is more compelling to you, then it will be more compelling to those that you touch! 3
  4. 4. Who is SLA?• ~9000 members from every continent • Library and information professionals • Students • Information consultants • Business partners• 56 regional chapters• 26 divisions • Organized by subject interests & fields• 10 caucuses (more informal) 4
  5. 5. My Story• 1988 – Became a corporate librarian• 1992 – Attended my 1st Annual Conference, San Francisco• Have attended every Annual Conference• Attended Leadership Summits in Reno, Louisville, D.C., and Atlanta• Some years, I paid my own way entirely 5
  6. 6. Roger Summit (middle)Founder of DialogSLA 2006Baltimore 6
  7. 7. Informal meetupSLA 2007Denver 7
  8. 8. SLA IT Division BoardMeetingSLA 2008Seattle 8
  9. 9. Rt. Gen. ColinPowell andNeil deGrasseTysonSLA 2009Washington, DC 9
  10. 10. Elaine DeanSLA 2010New Orleans 10
  11. 11. Doug GlanvilleSLA 2011Philadelphia 11
  12. 12. Guy KawasakiSLA 2012Chicago 12
  13. 13. The Impact (1)• Bigger network = more global resources• New learning opportunities • Knowledge I could put to work immediately• Led to new volunteer and work opportunities • Helped to build my leadership, project management, time management skills 13
  14. 14. The Impact (2)• Became a more well-known professional • Positive impact on: • Publishing opportunities • Consulting work • Volunteer opportunities • Professional opportunities 14
  15. 15. Downside?• I haven’t found one yet! SLA 2012 Chicago 15
  16. 16. What Does SLA Offer to You?• Professional Development • Webinars from HQ, divisions & other chapters • Sessions and CEs at the Annual Conference • Leadership training at Leadership Summit & through SLA activities • What the Kentucky Chapter says… • Publications & online resources 16
  17. 17. What Does SLA Offer to You?• Professional Development • Employers want to know you are investing in yourself 17
  18. 18. What Does SLA Offer to You?• Advocacy • Public Policy Advisory Council • Public Policy Platform • Association advocates on our behalf • Informs us when we need to raise our voices • Provides relevant info through conference sessions, articles/blog posts, etc. 18
  19. 19. What Does SLA Offer to You?• Networking • In all things, it is both what you know and who you know. • Online and in person • At events • Through volunteer opportunities 19
  20. 20. About Volunteering• SLA survey (527 responses)• Volunteering paid off in: • Job / advancement (35%) • Building connections, networking (30%) • Career development, prof growth (30%) 20
  21. 21. SLA 2010 21New Orleans
  22. 22. What 3-5 areas ortopics related to yourwork (or professionalexperience) could youteach others about? 22
  23. 23. • Write a blog postWhat 3-5 areas or • Write for Informationtopics related to your Outlookwork (or professional • Give a f2f presentationexperience) could you • Give a webinarteach others about? • Lead a discussion • Mentor a colleague • Talk to students • Get better known 23
  24. 24. QUESTIONS?All photos used are from Jill Hurst-Wahl and carry a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

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